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Wednesday
Jan202010

S5 - Episode 16: Or Not Slipping Away!

Listen, we have no idea anymore what to expect from the Sens. Last week the play-offs looked like they were in serious jeopardy. This week, the sky's the limit! Last week, no goalies. This week, maybe too many! It's enough to drive a podcast to drink!

Things look a whole lot better this week after 4 shocking victories against some very strong competition:

Sens 2 - Rangers 0
Sens 4 - Habs 2
Sens 5 - Tim Thomas 1
Chicago 1 - Sens 4

WHAT??!! WHAT!!?? You really expect us to believe any of you saw that coming? Four straight wins, including the Bruins and Thomas AND Chicago? That's craaaaazy talk I tell ya! But it really did happen! So, the question this week is why? There seems to be some disagreement about what was the true reason for the revival. Was it the return of the Golden Gawd Alfie? Was it the sudden emergence of solid goaltending, including that of new star on the block, Mike Brodeur? Did the team just finally pull it together or was it a little of everything?

So much love to spread around this week. Alfie's return was nothing short of golden as his 6 point in 2 games demonstrated. Brodeur and Elliot showed us why hockey is all about goaltending. Karlson continues to dazzle, Neil was a force, Fisher is back on the score board, it goes on and on. The team is getting healthy again but that means players who have contributed are going to have to sit. We discuss the good and the bad of the return of the wounded and who may have to take a seat upstairs. 

In Open Ice, we discuss the Sutton and Cormier hits, Mike Peca, Ron McLean's fall from grace, read your e-mails (badly) and defend our honour. Stooli, as always, has his News segment. 

Isn't it good to smile again, groundhogs?

This one is for Spike.  What a sweetheart he was.

S5 - Episode 16: Or Not Slipping Away!

Wednesday
Jan132010

S5 - Episode 15: Slipping Away?

That's the horrible, lingering thought on every Sens fans' mind this week; are the play-offs slipping away on us? Death by a thousand cuts seems to best describe what's happening to the team right now as everything that could go wrong, is going wrong, be it injuries, bad luck, bad play or unreliable goaltending.

Ah, there's the big topic of the week: goalies. You can say things may be different if not for (fill in the blank) but the "fact of the matter is" nothing is going to save the season except... well... SAVES!

This week has been a complete and total disaster for the Sens:

Sens 2 - Caps 5
Sens 0 - Panthers 3
Sens 1 - Canes 4
Sens 1 - Atlanta 6

For those of you counting at home, in the last 3 games, the Sens have been out-scored 13-2 by eastern bottom feeders. Those were the easy games. YIKES!

The goaltending problems hit critical mass this week as the softies kept pouring in. Ultimately, it cost Eli Wilson his job, as we speculated it might in our last show. We discuss the ramifications of this move and what the chances are that it might actually help.

Like everyone else, we watched the Burrows-Auger drama play out this week with more than a passing interest. As you know, reffing is always a sore spot with us at the Underground and we feel this incident had the potential to be a real landmark moment for the league. We express our thoughts on the less than shocking outcome of the whole affair. It also leads us into a deeper conversation on the entire culture of the NHL. Also discussed is the potential for some veterans to see themselves as trade bait should this ship continue to sink. 

Stooli has the News, we read your e-mails, play a voice-mail and announce an upcoming Sens Underground get-together with the Groundhogs. You'll want to tune in to get the info on that! 

Until then, tune into this episode. You'll love it, trust us! Have we ever lied to you?

S5 - Episode 15: Slipping Away?

Wednesday
Jan062010

S5 - Episode 14: Ian Mendes Goes Underground.

Happy new year!

Long time friend of the Underground, Ian Mendes of Sportsnet, joins us this week for the first time this season. Lots of fun in this interview as we cover various topics including goaltending, the first half of the season and the locker room, not to mention Carrie's effects on Fish. (Ok, that last part was our doing)

We cover 4 games this week:

Avalanche 4 - Sens 3
Isles 2 - Sens 3 SO
Philly 4 - Sens 7
Bruins 4 - Sens 1

Some totally unexpected stuff this week (Philly) and some not-so unexpected (losing to the Bruins). Kovalev had the game of his career against Philly and as you might expect, it sparked some debate this week about our various perceptions of his impact on the team as a whole.

As always at this time of year, the World Juniors put on a show and we discuss the Canadian's oh-so-close finish to the States. An annual classic, this year was no exception however the NHL's scheduling dept. needs to put some thought into games on the same night as the finals. We share our thoughts on this brilliant spectacle.

Also up for debate this week are Eli Wilson and suspect net minding on his watch, the immergence of Chris Kelly as the most popular Senator in the Underground, a People are Stoopid segment, Stooli's News and your e-mails.

Beau's in your hands, Bawls in your mouths and monkeys on the ice! Damn, this is a show you need to hear!

S5 - Episode 14: Ian Mendes Goes Underground.

Wednesday
Dec302009

S5 - Episode 13: Happy New Year!

We'll say that now and get it out of the way because there's not a whole lot of joy in this episode. Who can feel good when Alfie is out for a month? "Ain't no sunshine when he's gone..." sing it with us...

Yes, these are dark days for the Sens but there is some good news in the Underground as Stooli makes his triumphant return to the show. During this episode we recap 6 freakin' games:

Sens 2 - NJ 4
Wild 1 - Ar-Sens-nists 4
Boston 2 - Sens 0
Sens 2 - Pens 8
Sens 3 - Slugs 2 SO
Habs 2 - Sens 4

As you might suspect, the Pittsburgh game is the one that gets the most air time this show. We go on and on about the hit on Alfie, the reffing and the shameful lack of response by the team after the hit. This topic spun out of control and even ended-up touching on the the fact that no one ever seems to stand up for Alfie and what this might say about him and his teammates.

We somehow got on to the old topic of Chara and his departure from Ottawa. Amazing how this is still such a worthy discussion for Sens fans. God, we miss him. Also, bad news for those of you sick of the "refs suck" debate. We really lay into them this week but they deserve every last bit of it!

In the Open Ice segment,  Russell gets confused about attendance issues and bails out, we call on you to help us determine if drunken, obnoxious fans are mainly the visiting team's fans and, of course, we take a quick look at the Olympic selections. And, the News returns with Stooli.  

Have a safe and crazy new years, Groundhogs!

S5 - Episode 13: Happy New Year!

Thursday
Dec172009

S5 - Episode 12: For Stooli.

Some sad news this week. Stooli's father has passed away. It was expected but it's been a difficult time for him. Our thoughts are with him and his family this week as he is understandably absent.

The show must go on, they say, and we do our best to inform and amuse you this week. After a little holiday silliness to open the show, we cover 4 games for you:

Sens 2 - Philly 0
Canes 1 - Sens 4
Sens 2 - Knuckle Draggers 3
Slugs 0 - Sen 2

So, only one loss but it had to be against those knot-heads down the highway. Elliot throws two shut-outs this week but has his worst effort in the one game we reeeeeeeally wanted them to win. Oh well, life ain't fair. Just ask Coulton Orr (snicker).

The injury bug was in town this week and took out two forwards, Foligno and Spezza. We discuss the ramifications of these losses and how things may not be as bad as they seem.

Other topics this week include refs going full retard, head shots and CBC's Hot Stove segment. We check in with the e-mailers and voice mailers, give a plug to a loyal listener and give you our weekly Tiger update.

This is the last show until after Christmas for us. Next week we take some time to heal physically and spiritually. We want to wish you all the best of the season. We will see you all the week after Christmas to talk some Sens and World Juniors!

Have a cool yule.

S5 - Episode 12: For StooLi.